Camping World Holdings, a major retailer of RVs and related products and services, and Lordstown Motors Corp. are partnering to create a national electric vehicle service and collision-repair network for Lordstown Motors vehicles, beginning with the Lordstown Endurance electric pickup truck.
The deal will leverage Camping World’s growing footprint of over 170 Service and Collision Centers across the United States, with thousands of technicians and service bays, a 24/7 tech hotline and Good Sam’s Roadside Assistance Program.
The two companies also are exploring the development of new EV products and solutions for the RV marketplace based on the Endurance platform, including a lithium-ion battery pack for travel trailers that would replace conventional gasoline onboard generators; the first all-electric, high-volume production RV (eRV); and installation of a Good Sam charging network at Camping World locations.
“The future is now, and the realization of electrifying RVs and the outdoor community is within our grasp and will only grow from here,” Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World, said in a statement. “Lordstown’s recognition of the need for a national support network for service and technical support along with a fluid customer experience reinforces our confidence in this relationship.”
“Lordstown’s partnership with Camping World will help us help ensure that our fleet customers have the highest possible up-time of their vehicles,” Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns said in a statement. “On top of that, working with Marcus and his team to bring EV solutions to the RV market is quite exciting, and I’m excited about the first-to-market opportunities this partnership affords us.”
Lordstown Motors is expected to lead the integration of its technology and service needs into the Camping World infrastructure, including the development of an elaborate parts network. Lordstown Motors is also rolling out independently owned and operated service centers in high-density areas. Lordstown Motors and Camping World expect to release additional details on their plans for eRVs in the coming months.